Sick Donkey Records
 Sick Donkey Records is a strictly conscious record label focused on Reggae, Dancehall and Hip-Hop while varying into other genres as well.
For more about the name click here.

SDR started from very humble beginnings in the highlands of Okanogan County, in the north central part of Washington State(USA).  DJ Sticky & Essential I formed the label in the summer of 2004 with long time friend and fellow artist Huckleberry after spending many years working individually on their own [mainly] Hip-Hop music and gaining a huge underground following throughout WA state.  Reggae artist, Jahson Ites later joined the roster and SDR began to tour and record as a unit incorporating Hip-Hop, Reggae & Dancehall styles.

Sick Donkey Records continues to strive forward with the belief that conscious, positive and educational music can change the world for the better.

The label has worked with Singers, Producers and Musicians from over 20 counties to cross pollinate their fans and ideas for a more peaceful and sustainable future for the natural world and all humanity.

After recording several local mixtapes and underground singles between 2004-2006, the record label’s first official release was Jahson Ites' debut album, "Forward Outta Babylon"(2007), which features Essential I, DJ Sticky, Adrian Xavier & The Dub Champions, as well as Bill Ortiz (trumpeter for Santana) on horns.  

The second release from SDR was Essential I's debut album, "FreeDem SoulJah"(2008), an 18 track album with a blend of Reggae, Dancehall & Hip-Hop with guest appearances by Promoe (of LoopTroop Rockers - Sweden) on the song and music video "Future Cops"  as well as the other Sick Donkey Records label mates. The album featured production from Germany, New Zealand, St. Lucia and the U.S. and gained a good amount of radio and soundsystem play.

In 2009, Sick Donkey Records released its third full-length, a 19 track various artists compilation, the one drop "Standing Firm" Riddim.     The compilation features the Sick Donkey Records stable artists, Jahson Ites and Essential I as well as a full array of top global Reggae artists from 7 countries.  The riddim was played on over 100 radio stations in the US alone and on Sirius/XM, Dish Network Reggae channel, made it onto many international DJs set list and had a great number of good reviews in the press including: "One of the best riddims I have ever heard" -- Ras Achis reggae blog.    For more on the Standing Firm Riddim click here

 2012 saw the release of "World Needs" Riddim, another one drop, which again features Essential I and Jahson Ites alongside other well talented Reggae artists from the U.S., Jamaica and around the world including: Lutan Fyah, Jah Sun(feat Chezidek), the Lambsbread, Junior Toots(with Ishi Dube), Adrian Xavier, Rocker T and Hailee Araya.

Late 2013 was the debut album "Digital Takeover" from the Seattle super-group INDIGITIZE.  Read more about them HERE
 
2014 saw the release of the Dubtonic Kru song "Everlasting Love" followed by a great music video done by Tim Cash(Far From Earth Films).  
 
The music video for "Rastafari Is King" featuring Turbulence has gained over half a million views on youtube.  You can see it on our video page.  On the same riddim was the single "Rejoicing in jah glory" by Mark Wonder. 
 
In 2015, on the Everlasting Love riddim, we released Jah Sun's "Cosmic" single and music video. 
 

The label is currently working on the sophomore album from Essential I entitled "Souljah Salute" featuring guest appearance by Anthony B, Turbulence, The Lambsbread & Winstrong.    The first single "Crying Out" featuring Anthony B, has already been released and is rapidly gaining many plays on the radio and by club and mixtape DJs around the globe.  

Bluejay (aka DJ Sticky) is also currently working on producing a lot of riddim projects, videos and singles to be released in the near future.
Bluejay has been pulling together legendary musicians including members of Stephen Marley's band(Squidly Cole on drums, Chris Merideth on bass and Rica Newell - vocals),  Earl "Chinna" Smith(the most legendary guitar player from Jamaica), and the Riddim Twins themselves Sly & Robbie.   
 
Be on the lookout for big things coming soon including works by Mykal Rose, Junior Reid, Turbulence, Gavinchi Brown, Mark Wonder, Sarah Christine, Adrian Xavier, Mista Chatman, Jae Prynce and many more.... 
 
 

 
The label now has distribution through Independent Distribution Collective, Ernie B's Reggae, VP Records, and most major digital distributors (iTunes, CD Baby, Digstation, Amazon, etc.) Music can also be found on Soundcloud, Facebook and other social networking sites.

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